San Diego Chargers fans can finally put an end to all the speculation regarding the hottest free agent still on the market. We were left with many sleepless nights recently as we worried about where free-agent receiver Malcom Floyd would continue his NFL journey.
Fortunately, we can sleep tight and free from sweat dripping down our bodies, as he is back with the Chargers to enjoy the perfect weather of San Diego and perfect, deep bombs from Philip Rivers.
“Filed to ESPN: Free agent wide receiver Malcolm Floyd reached agreement with the Chargers on a two-year deal,” according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Twitter.
This is great news for the Chargers, as they are able to retain a veteran who understands their system. More importantly, Floyd enjoyed a breakout season last year as he caught 37 receptions for 717 yards and six touchdowns from Rivers.
The MVP-caliber quarterback will enjoy seeing a familiar face, as he knows Floyd’s tendencies, but he will surely be disappointed that recently released New York Jets possession receiver Jerricho Cotchery will not be coming on board.
ESPN’s John Clayton said August 4 on Twitter that Rivers was expected to push the organization to sign the crafty and sure-handed veteran.
“Now that J. Cotchery is a former Jet, watch for Philip Rivers to push for the Chargers to sign him. They're lifelong friends” tweeted Clayton.
Though we may be able to sleep easier, Cotchery surely won’t, as he now has to endure the worries and midnight sweats of where he will sign. He will be looking to bounce back from offseason back surgery and was visibly upset by the Jets constantly targeting big-name receivers to take his starting gig, according to ESPNNewYork.com’s Rich Cimini.
Though he was relegated to the No. 3 role last season, Cotchery has been a stellar postseason receiver for the Jets. Even playing with the young Mark Sanchez, he still accumulated 26 receptions for 340 yards and one touchdown in New York’s two consecutive postseason runs.
He is now competing with injured stars Terrell Owens, Steve Smith and fellow premier possession veteran Derrick Mason for the next contract, but it remains to be seen if anybody is even interested in this former Jet.
Cimini says that Mason is currently rumored to be getting looks from the Jets, Ravens and Titans. I expected Mason to sign with the Jets, especially after Cotchery was released, but Mason could just as quickly shun and stun Gang Green.
If Mason snubs the Jets for one of his former franchises, it is difficult to believe Cotchery will succumb to Rex Ryan’s charisma, swallow his pride and fly back to New York with his tail between his legs.
San Diego may have been Cotchery’s best bet to remain with a contender. Perhaps we can never rule out Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots, but Tom Brady is loaded at receiver after acquiring Chad Ochocinco.
I don't expect Mason to be dumb enough to join his hometown Tennessee team, but instead believe he will head back to Baltimore if he doesn’t accept New York’s offer.
Perhaps Andre Johnson’s index finger injury on August 2 provided the Texans enough of a scare to sign Cotchery. He would be a nice complement to Johnson’s dynamic playmaking abilities and serve as a safety net for Matt Schaub.
At this point, it’s not looking good for Cotchery. He was never considered a great receiver outside of New York. True Gang Green fans know he is a worthy addition to any roster due to his solid route running, experience and reliable soft hands.
Unfortunately, Jerricho may be experiencing many sleepless nights in the upcoming weeks. He may have to hope for a training camp injury or sign on with a pretending team.
It would certainly be a mighty fall from grace to go from a team on the brink of a Super Bowl championship after two-consecutive AFC championship appearances, to a team on the verge of missing the postseason altogether.
As a man who has watched Cotchery throughout his entire NFL career, I hope he lands with a contender, as he deserves an opportunity to win.
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